[whatwg] embedding meta data for copy/paste usages - possible use case for RDF-in-HTML?
lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Tue Jan 20 03:40:23 PST 2009
Hallvord R M Steen wrote:
> 2009/1/20 Jamie Rumbelow <jamie at jamierumbelow.net>:
>> I think that the already available solution to your problem are Microformats
>> - you are essentially embedding metadata, semantically in HTML.
> Of course, but I think your comment misses half of the proposed
> solution.. namely what format the UA puts the information on the
> clipboard in.
Determining how one application passes information via the clipboard to
another application seems very much out of scope of HTML. If there was
such a method available, then we could investigate how to obtain the
relevant semantics from the document. But we can't do that until there
is some clipboard format available for this purpose that other
applications can understand.
I doubt that it would be possible to create some generic format that
would be suitable for such a wide range of use cases. For an address
book application, the most sensible approach would be to add a vCard
format (text/directory;profile=vcard) to the clipboard. Given that many
address books already support the vCard file format, it's not such a
stretch to believe that they could read the data in that format from the
clipboard. The problem is getting them to support an import from
However, other use cases, like pasting a quote into a word processor
complete with bibliographic information, would need an entirely
Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
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